Environment in Peru

Ada Alegre Consultores

Environmental law boutique Ada Alegre Consultores is a market leader in this arena, acting for local and central government, private companies and regulatory bodies on all aspects of environmental issues, contentious and non-contentious. Founding partner Ada Alegra has a high profile and is widely respected for her 20-years of expertise, particularly in relation to the environmental implications of the mining, hydrocarbons and agriculture industries, as well as major infrastructure projects. She leads a team of four other specialists, including Betty Suasnabar, who is experienced in environmental administrative procedures; however senior consultant Rasul Camborda left the firm in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ada Alegre

Miranda & Amado

Miranda & Amado provides environmental advice of the highest level, acting in respect of some of the country's largest or strategicially key projects, mines or power plants. A niche strength of the practice is water rights, as demonstrated by the firm's work for Minera Las Bambas whereby it is conducting a comprehensive analysis of applicable water permits for the operational stage of its copper mine, one of the largest in the world. The comprehensive practice advises across the full range of environmental issues, from M&A and financing to litigation and regulatory matters. At the helm is energy and natural resources partner Alberto Delgado, who leads a compact but specialist team of three associates including senior Alberto Ventura, who is fully focused on environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Delgado

Testimonials

They do compare favourably. The Miranda team is very friendly and meets the requested requirements on time. In addition, the responses to our enquiries show that they handle the hydrocarbons sector well.

Sandra Lock is a young attorney and super clear on consultations. I appreciate the order with which she presents her ideas very much and that she always goes beyond the consultations we ask her, giving us a complete assessment. It is a pleasure working with her.

They have a large team that allows us to meet all our requirements in a timely and quality manner.’

I highlight the professional work of Alberto Ventura. He is a lawyer committed to his work, always ready to attend to our issues with dedication and showing a timely response capacity. He is an excellent professional.’

Key clients

Engie Energía Perú (GDF Suez Group)

Repsol Exploración Perú

Navisán Perú

Gestión de Servicios Ambientales (DISAL)

Statkraft Perú

Refinería La Pampilla

Transportadora de Gas del Perú

Great Panther Coricancha

CHR Hansen

Agua Fontaneil

Clorox Peru

Olivos de Villacurí

NK Management

Acqua Energía

BPZ Energy

Minera Las Bambas

BHP Billiton

Work highlights

  • Advising Statkraft Perú, owner of the Cheves hydroelectric power plant project, among others, on the defence of several  administrative sanctioning procedures initiated by OEFA related to the alleged breach of environmental commitments and legal provisions during the construction works and operation of Cheves and Yaupi power plants.
  • Assisting Minera Las Bambas with a comprehensive analysis of the main applicable water permits for the operational stage of its  Las Bambas copper mine, in order to accomplish the start-up of mining production activities and taking into consideration the acquired obligations of the company under the mining permits and authorisations already obtained before the Ministry of Energy and Mines.
  • Ongoing advice to Engie Energía Perú on environmental management instruments and permits, water rights matters related to its water supply systems, discharge of liquid effluents, and obtaining and managing other environmental governmental approvals required for the execution and operation of all its hydroelectric and thermoelectric generation plants.

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados

With an expansive client roster of mining, oil and gas and industrial clients, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados is in demand for environmental advice and does not fail to deliver. An exceptionally strong team is led by the much-respected Francisco Tong, who is a full-time mining, environmental and natural resources partner. He is supported by: regulatory and environment specialist Jenny Caldas, who is also highly rated for her abilities; very capable counsel Úrsula Zavala; and seven associates. The team has been particularly busy of late defending clients in administrative sanctioning procedures, Repsol Exploración Perú, for instance, which it is advising in relation to nine alleged infractions related to non-compliance at Block 57, located in the Peruvian Amazon.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Tong

Testimonials

We work with Jenny Caldas directly and we know her trajectory in the sector, which gives us confidence to be able to entrust our processes and consultations with her. Jenny’s team stands out for its commitment, responsibility and openness.’

The best quality of Jenny Caldas is her commitment to the case that we present to her. In addition, she always listens to the needs of the company and puts herself in our place. Another important point is that she never generates false expectations, which is important to us, and presents us with more than one alternative solution. We feel that the firm is empathetic with the company and its needs.’

Extensive knowledge of environmental legislation and practical application in company facilities.’

They are clear and transparent when explaining the results of the processes or orders carried out. Very grateful to Ursula Zavala and Cyndel Caballero Fernandez.’

They know perfectly the client’s problems and try to provide immediate support on various technical issues. Precise assistance for sanctioning procedures but also on permit issues. With very good results.’

The constant and precise service are the main strengths, and the knowledge of the technical subject and support in administrative processes. Francisco Tong knows the client in a comprehensive way and has always provided his services in a timely, accurate and creative way. Supportive against institutions and generating positive effects. Tong is accompanied by Cyndel Caballero and Milagros Mutsios who, both in sanctioning and regulatory matters, have shown great care and attention. They have supported and reviewed very technical topics with very good results.’

Excellent professionals.’

Great experience and extraordinary knowledge. Good relations with the authority.’

They have full knowledge of the applicable regulations in order to be able to warn us as clients of the legal modifications, and of the requirements that we as managers must comply with. The team is made up of lawyers who are trained, affordable and above all who have a lot of knowledge of the subject.’

They have the best environmental knowledge in the sector and are the best qualified, especially Jenny Caldas.’

Key clients

Pan American Silver Huaron

La Arena

China National Petroleum Company

Energy Development Corporation

Hubday Peru

Transportadora de Gas del Peru

Pluspetrol Norte

Southern Peru Copper Corporation

Minera Hampton Peru

Luz del Sur

Work highlights

  • Advised Pan American Silver Huaron on an administrative sanctioning procedure before the Environmental Court of the Agency of Environmental Assessment and Enforcement (OEFA), regarding non-compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations.
  • Defending Repsol Exploración Perú in administrative sanctioning procedures before OEFA since 2016, and currently advising the client in an administrative sanctioning procedure before OEFA regarding nine infractions related to non-compliance at Block 57 located in the Peruvian Amazon.
  • Acting for China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) regarding  administrative sanctioning proceedings initiated by the Environmental Control Agency (OEFA) regarding its activities in Block X, located in the north west of Perú, and in Block 58, in the Peruvian Amazon.

CMS Grau

Strong across the board in energy and natural resources, CMS Grau has the necessary environmental expertise its high-calibre client base demands. With one of the most established, dedicated teams in the market, it boasts an extensive array of top-drawer clients, not just from the energy and utility sectors but extended to major manufacturers Kimberly-Clark, Arca Continental Lindley and AB Inbev (Backus Perú and Bavaria in Colombia). The firm’s innovative environmental-compliance software solution, “GEORGE”, continues to benefit clients, most recently being rolled out to natural gas transportation company COGA. Head of the practice Vito Verna is a full-time environmental partner, a rare commodity in Peru. He leads a team of five associates among whom former Delapuente partner, Nicole Freire, who arrived as a senior in April 2021, and experienced semi-senior Víctor La Madrid, are particulalry noteworthy.

Practice head(s):

Vito Verna

Testimonials

They manage “George” software, which makes their practice unique in the sense that they have technological support to carry out their activities.’

Vito Verna knows the sector and has extensive knowledge of environmental regulation.’

Compares favourably with teams from other law firms. It stands out from other teams I know.’

CMS Grau has provided a fairly fluid and concrete communication, being transparent in meeting the proposed deadlines and providing communication facilities.

Knowledge of the specialised subject in environmental matters and occupational health and safety. Experienced, with availability of partners when required.’

In simplicity, knowledge and experience. Vito Verna and Lucia Gonzales Stand out.’

Key clients

Compañía De Minas Buenaventura

Arca Continental Lindley (bottler of The Coca-Cola Company)

Kimberly-Clark

Pan American Silver

Sociedad Nacional De Minería, Petróleo Y Energía

Famesa

Minera Las Bambas (MMG)

Copasa

Terpel (Empresa De Distribución De Hidrocarburos)

COGA (Camisea Pipeline operator – TGP)

Anglo American (Mina Quellaveco)

Compañía Minera Antamina

AB Inbev (Backus Perú Y Bavaria En Colombia)

Minera Bateas (Fortuna Silver Mines)

Minera Chinalco

Goldfiels

Hudbay Minerals (Mina Constancia)

Impala Terminals (Transfigura)

Komatsu

Lima Airport Partners (LAP)

Minsur

Nexa Resources

Rio Tinto

San Martin

Savia Perú

Tecnológica De Alimentos (TASA)

Unacem

Unicon

AGP Glass

BASF

Cobra

EXSA

Hipermercados Tottus

Quimtia

Weir Minerals Perú

Work highlights

  • Advised TASA on the procedure for approval of the amendments of its impact study, which required a prior favourable opinion of the State’s Service for Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP).
  • Providing Compania Operadora de Gas del Amazonas (COGA) with the firm’s “GEORGE” software solution service for the automated, real-time and remote identification of its legal requirements in respect of environmental and occupational health and safety matters.
  • Advising Kimberly-Clark in diverse matters including on environment and occupational health and safety, a corrective action plan in order to optimise its environmental legal compliance system and on its legal defence of administrative sanctioning processes initiated by OEFA.

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International

Estudio Echecopar member firm of Baker McKenzie International's committed and knowledgeable environment practice advises a cross section of industry, from energy and mining through to forestry, agriculture and clean energy, among others. Of note is its growing practice in climate change issues and carbon trading. Very capable senior associate Alexandra Carranza Bendezu is a specialist in environmental and climate change, while another key associate is Natalia Zúñiga, who has returned to the firm after a period of study. Partner-level leadership is provided by natural resources partner Valentin Paniagua and public law powerhouse Jorge Danós. Nexa Resources Peru and AP Moller - Maersk are recent client gains.

Practice head(s):

Valentin Paniagua; Jorge Danos

Testimonials

The firm has excellent professionals as its greatest strength, a balance between excellent experience and sharpness in the attention to the queries that are formulated. They provide a dedicated and willing service.’

In 2020, with the challenges that the industry faced, the support of the firm allowed us to make timely and adequate decisions to face the issues related to the state of national emergency. We highlight the advice of Valentin Paniagua and Cinthya Delgado De la Flor, the latter being the one who has given us special dedication to environmental audits and supervisions, environmental procedures that we have had to face with outstanding results.’

Key clients

Corporación Peruana de Productos Químicos (QROMA)

Pollination Capital Partners

Total Nature Based Solutions

Anglo American Quellaveco

Organismo de Evaluacion y Fiscalización Ambiental (OEFA)

Nexa Resources Peru

IBT Group

Verra

Docarb

CoAzucar

Trevali Peru

Azteca Comunicaciones Peru

AP Moller – Maersk

Metro de Lima Linea 2

Parque Fotovoltaico Iquitos (Tozzi Green Group)

Agrovision Peru (Agrovision Corp)

Nyrstar Ancash

Derco Perú

Reactivos Nacionales

Lush Limited

Infraestructuras y Energias del Peru

Ajeper

Traxys Peru

Peru LNG

Promotora Inmobiliaria Industrial Piura

Sierra Antapite

Solenis Colombia

Berzelius Metall GmbH (BMB)

Alusud Peru

Cosmos Agencia Maritima (a DP World Company)

Praxair (Linde Peru)

Work highlights

  • Primary external legal adviser to Corporación Peruana de Productos Químicos, providing advice on regulatory, environmental and permits matters, among others, including the preparation of a matrix of environmental obligations for each of the company’s three industrial plants in Peru.
  • Acted for Pollination Capital Partners regarding the legal framework for carbon trading, title over carbon and recognised mechanisms from emission reductions, transfers of future carbon credits and compliance with Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
  • Advised Total Nature Based Solutions (TNBS) on the standing of a Peruvian NGO’s rights over the carbon credits stemming from a REDD+ project implemented in a Natural Protected Area (NPA), and the possible transfer of said rights, as well as representing the client in two carbon reduction transactions.

Hernández & Cía

Hernández & Cía. Abogados continues to grow its workload and profile across a range of transactional, regulatory and contentious mandates. The practice shines for its well-resourced team, particularly at a senior level. Three partners bring valuable environmental know-how to the practice: Luis Felipe Huertas del Pino, who is particularly strong in mining-related environmental compliance; full-time environmental specialist Miyanou Dufour; and the very experienced Luis Rodríguez-Mariátegui, who has a combined energy, mining and environmental focus. They are supported by a pool of nine associates, including senior Juan Pablo Macassi, an experienced administrative lawyer. The team successfully handled the environmental aspects of Proctor & Gamble's closure of its diaper producing facilities, a challenging task during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Practice head(s):

Luis Rodríguez-Mariátegui; Luis Felipe Huertas del Pino; Miyanou Dufour

Testimonials

They provide a highly-specialised service with excellent service, they provide viable and very efficient solutions. The team’s skills are: experience, deep knowledge of the sector and its environment and regulations, as well as the particular situation of the company, which together with the acuity of the analysis, allows them to avoid or solve the problems in the most efficient way. They keep the client permanently informed and all their recommendations are viable.’

Regarding partner Miyanou Dufour, I highlight her sharp analysis, strategic vision and creativity for the prevention and solution of problems. Regarding Javier Wong, I find his deep knowledge of the company exceptional and highlight his excellent treatment and prompt attention, handling complex issues with great solvency and not overlooking any detail.’

Good team with technical support. Consolidated team with experience. Luis Felipe Huertas and Miyanou Dufour stand out.’

They are pretty good. Knowledgeable on the subject and exhaustive in the investigation.’

Juan Pablo Macassi and Lorena Tanji are very empathetic and knowledgeable about regulations.’

Key clients

IXM Peru

Gold Fields La Cima

Rio Tinto (Rio Tinto Minera Perú and Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration)

Marcobre

Lumina Copper

Tire Sol

Mac Johnson Controls Colombia – Peru branch (Clarios Andina)

Compañía Minera Argentum

Terminal Internacional del Sur (TISUR)

Hudbay Perú

P&G Industrial Perú

Compañía Minera Antamina

La Virgen

Pesquera Caral

Minsu

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented IXM Perú on the appeal of SENACE’s rejection of a modification to its EIA for the expansion of its ore concentrate warehouse in Callao.
  • Advised Lumina Copper on obtaining a certificate of compliance for the final closure of the Pashpap Loma Blanca & Huacacuy mining exploration projects; this certificate is one of the first of its kind to have been issued by OEFA.
  • Acted for Procter & Gamble (P&G Industrial Peru) on the preparation, filing and approval of the closing plan for the Baby Care Maquila area (diapers) before the Ministry of Production, as well as the accreditation of the post-closing activities.

Kahatt Abogados

Fledgling natural resources and environmental regulation boutique Kahatt Abogados is in its second year of practice, but has already made its mark, attracting an expanding caseload of advisory and contentious matters focused on environmental and corporate risk. Karim Kahatt is a well-known environmental specialist, widely respected for his expertise in the energy and natural resources sectors in particular. The team also includes Cecilia Azerrad, who has over a decade's experience; clients note the complementarity of the pair. Advice is provided on all aspects of environmental, occupational health and industrial safety matters.

Practice head(s):

Karim Kahatt; Cecilia Azerrad

Testimonials

The team not only knows the regulatory framework, but also has a lot of practical experience and understanding of the authorities who apply the standard. This facilitates decision-making. In addition, with the Kahatt firm we work with a multidisciplinary team, and they play a key role.’

‘I interact with Karim Kahatt and Cecilia Azerrad. Both have availability and flexibility to discuss issues and also their different views generate trust for the decision making The relationship between the two is very interesting because each contributes from their knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

Centro de Investigación y Tecnología del Agua – UTEC

Invicta Mining

Siderperu

TF Warren Group Corporation

El Dorado Resources

Work highlights

  • Advising Centro de Investigación y Tecnología del Agua – UTEC on the implementation of best practices and methodologies for the environmental baseline of rivers in relation to the development of transportation and energy infrastructure studies and projects in the Amazon.
  • Advised El Dorado Resources on the resumption of activities evaluating the status of the project and carrying out a due diligence on environmental matters.
  • Acting for Invicta Mining on the identificaction of legal requirements to modify and implement the final closure of one of its mining projects and the consequent modification of its mining closure plan.

Li & Pazos Abogados

Li & Pazos Abogados is a dedicated environmental law boutique, particularly revered for its water expertise. Julián Li is described as ‘extraordinary‘ for his knowledge of the water sector and is regularly consulted by other environmental law teams in Peru for his services. Juan Manuel Pazos is also highly regarded for his wider environmental practice, advising well-known companies in the mining, energy, transport, and consumer-product manufacturing industries. The firm continues to act for Lima Airport Partners after achieving environmental clearance for its extension of the Jorge Chavez Airport, while Marcobre, Fenix Power Peru and Unión De Cervecerías Peruanas Backus y Johnston also instruct the firm. Since publication, the firm has also launched a disputes practice, hiring Álvaro Palao Carrera from Rubio Leguía Normand -as partner-in-charge of the contentious team- with effect from January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Julián Li; Juan Manuel Pazos

Testimonials

The attorneys at Li & Pazos are exceptionally well-versed in the legal and practical aspects of water law. We are a law firm with a water practice within our environmental practice, but in highly complex cases we resort to Li & Pazos due to the aforementioned knowledge.

Julián Li’s solid experience and deep knowledge in water matters is the main reason why we consult with Li & Pazos.’

The timely attention I had when I used the firm stands out. I estimate that the level of knowledge in environmental matters gives me greater confidence and security in the matters we send to them.’

Juan Manuel Pazos is a lawyer dedicated to his work, he is very professional and honest. Integrity is one of the values ​​that I highlight.’

It is a very solid team, committed to the client, which provides very close attention, responding in a timely manner. ‘

Julian Li is a specialist in water and environmental issues, well known in the legal market. He is very precise, clear and accurate, as well as close to the client. Probably the most informed lawyer on water issues. Juan Manuel Pazos has extensive experience in advising on mining and mining environmental issues. Speed, solvency and clarity.’

Key clients

Praxair

Lima Airport Partners

Compañía Minera Santa Luisa (Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co)

Unión De Cervecerías Peruanas Backus y Johnston

Minera Argentum (subsidiary of Pan American Silver)

Perú LNG

Inland Energy (subsidiary of Yangtze Power International)

Compañía Minera Ares (Hochschild)

Sindicato Energetico

Hudbay Perú

Compania Minera Zafranal

Marcobre

Minera Hampton

Compañía Minera Buenaventura

Agrícola Cerro Prieto

Fenix Power Peru

Empresa Minera Los Quenuales (subsidiary of Glencore)

Agrícola Andrea (Migiva Group)

American Quality Aquaculture (Migiva Group)

Inversiones Menorca

Agrícola Santa Azul

Sociedad Agrícola Drokasa

Huaura Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Lima Airport Partners (LAP) on the approval of the second technical report for the extension of the Jorge Chavez Airport (Peru’s main airport, located in Lima), and currently advising LAP on a new amendment to the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS).
  • Successfully defended Minera Santa Luisa regarding the validity of its authorisation for the discharge of industrial wastewater at the Huanzalá mining unit.
  • Successfully defence of Linde Gas, Sindicato Erngético, Hudbay Peru and Minera Santa Luisa in environmental sanctioning procedures before the authorities.

Rubio Leguía Normand

Rubio Leguía Normand advises across a broad sector base, acting for some significant companies in the manufacturing, mining, construction, retail and agriculture industries, among others. Clients include Jockey Plaza, Belcorp and Frontera Energy. Clean development mechanisms (CDM) and offset projects are niche areas of expertise, along with other green initiatives coming to market. The team has strength at both senior and junior levels, comprising top mining lawyer Xennia Forno and environment and natural resources partner Diego Grisolle, who co-lead the practice. Stand out senior associate Miguel Angel Soto focuses on environmental compliance, licensing and social conflicts (mainly in the mining and energy sectors); fellow senior Nancy Ogata is also worthy of mention. Since publication, Soto has been promoted to the partnership - effective January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Xennia Forno; Diego Grisolle

Testimonials

Their knowledge of environmental issues and permitting is excellent. Their availability to be ‘in the field’ is critical to our sucess and working with the authorities – local, provincial and national.’

Nancy Ogata is well-versed in the legal issues and is able to explain and converse on these topics at a local level (indigenous community) very well.

Diego Grisolle has a very good understanding of the overall issues at hand on any given need we have, and directs their resources efficiently to accomplish our goals. Xennia Forno has a great depth of experience and knowledge of environmental legal matters and working with governmental bureauracy.’

The team has experience in environmental issues and is well positioned in the market. They are lawyers of experience.’

It is a firm with extensive experience in the environmental sector, with an approach aimed at solving problems in a practical way and without contingencies for the client. Katherine Yesquen attends our issues with great diligence, adding youth and deep knowledge of the sector, providing innovative solutions for solving complex problems.’

Key clients

Jockey Plaza

Agricola Don Ricardo

Energy Development Corporation

Belcorp

Cerámica San Lorenzo

Cosapi

Sowitec

Pucara Resources

Frontera Energy

Hoteles Costa del Sol

Detroit Power System Perú Limitada

Sociedad Minera Austria Duvaz

Stracon

Work highlights

  • Advising Energy Development Corporation – EDC on strategies for the implementation and management of all the necessary permits for the development of the first geothermal project in Peru, Achumani.
  • Providing Sowitec with an environmental and social consulting service as part of the client’s strategy to develop new renewable energy projects in Peru, after the sale process of its projects Morrope and Pampa Caracoles to Enel Green Power.
  • Advising Pucará Resources on strategies for the implementation of environmental policies, the approvement and management of all the necessary permits and social commitments for the development of Lourdes project.

Fabiola Capurro Abogados

Another of the growing tendency for environmental law boutiques, Fabiola Capurro Abogados was established in 2020 by Fabiola Capurro Villarán, formerly of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria. Despite the challenges of opening a new enterprise at the start of the pandemic, the firm is attracting a growing client base that includes some heavyweight companies, such as Corporación Primax, Peru LNG and Alicorp. The small team is led by Capurro, an environmental law specialist with over 25 years' experience.

Practice head(s):

Fabiola Capurro Villaran

Key clients

Inversiones Santa Regina

Agrícola San Jose

Inmobiliaria Miraflores Perú

Corporación Primax

Aeropuertos del Perú

Peru LNG

Grupo Klaus

Alicorp

Work highlights

  • Advised Inversiones Santa Regina, a subsidiary of Costa Verde group, on obtaining permits, licenses and authorisations for water resources and environmental certifications required for the development of its operations.
  • Advised grape exporter Agricola San José on obtaining permits, licenses and authorisations for water resources and environmental certifications essential for the client’s operations.
  • Acting for Aeropuertos del Perú, the concessionaire of airports located in the north and centre of Peru, on the management of their solid waste, periodic environmental studies, environmental permits, licences and authorisations.

García Sayán Abogados

García Sayán Abogados advises its extensive energy and natural resources client base on environmental obligations, be it administrative sanctioning proceedings, compliance audits, assessment plans or inter-company agreements, among other matters. The firm also specialises in companies in the food and beverage sector, as demonstrated by its work for Laive and Gate Gourmet. Partner advice is provided by Alberto Varillas, who specialises in the hydrocarbons sector, and Edgardo Portaro, whose strength lies in the environmental aspects of corporate transactions in the mining industry. Experienced senior associate Samantha Boy formerly held various posts at OEFA.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Varillas; Edgardo Portaro

Key clients

Compañía de Minas Buenaventura

Volcán Compañía Minera

Laive

Cepsa Peruana

Sociedad Minera El Brocal

Inversiones Benavides 777

Graña y Montero Petrolera

Procesadora de Gas Pariñas

Gate Gourmet Perú

Corporación Aceros Arequipa

Chemtrade (ENAEX)

Industrias Cachimayo

Lamor Perú

Frontera Energy del Perú (formerly Pacific Stratus Energy del Perú)

Pavco Perú (Mexichem Perú)

Buenaventura Ingenieros

Hotelera Costa del Pacífico

Ingram Micro

Work highlights

  • Advised Laive on an administrative sanctioning procedure filed by the Environmental Enforcement Agency (OEFA) regarding different alleged infractions to the environmental legal framework, successfully achieving the dismissal of all three allegations, thereby avoiding a fine of $60,000.
  • Conducted an environmental audit on behalf of Graña y Montero Petrolera regarding environmental obligations for the closure, decontamination and abandonment of a hydrocarbons’ block, as part of the efforts to gain approval of its site-abandonment plan.
  • Advising in-flight caterers Gate Gourmet Perú on a new solid waste management agreement for its solid waste (and airlines’ solid waste), complying with all environmental standards.

Estudio Olaechea

Environmental, M&A and infrastructure partner José Antonio Honda leads a small team at Estudio Olaechea, advising some high-profile companies and public bodies with respect to all aspects of environmental law. Work includes authorisations, licences and permits, environmental audits, enforcement and administrative sanctioning procedures, as well as transactional and project support. Sector strengths include ports, agriculture, aquaculture, mining and manufacturing. Senior associates Ricardo Barrantes, a corporate and regulatory lawyer, and the mining and regulatory focused Fiorella Wismann, are both key members of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jose Antonio Honda

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados

Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados is able to service its considerable firm-wide client base with effective environmental know-how, providing corporate support, and regulatory and contentious advice where needed. A niche focus is advising financial institutions on the social and environmental risks of financial and stock market operations. Counsel Vanessa Chávarry leads the advisory practice, which includes conflict prevention and management and the defence of administrative, civil and criminal proceedings and complaints. The team earned a number of new clients during the year, such as ABB Perú and Terminales Portuarios Chancay.

Practice head(s):

José Cúneo; Vanessa Chávarry

Testimonials

The lawyers in this specific environmental area are well versed in the matter and we have managed to get several environmental studies approved thanks to their accurate advice.’

Vanessa Chávarry is very accurate in the consultations that are made and always aims to win. Alfredo Chang is very competitive when consulted on a specific corporate issue.’

‘It is a very cohesive team, both legal and technical, that is very involved in the entire process, from beginning to end. In addition, it has the appropriate contacts and know-how to handle administration matters.’

High knowledge, not only of the legal part, but also of the technical, which helps to understand the process and to be able to find the most convenient solution in each case. Vanessa Chavarri stands out.’

The regulatory world in environmental matters requires highly-specialised lawyers not only in legal matters but also in technical knowledge. The environmental area of ​​the Payet law firm has lawyers who combine both aspects, which makes them – in my opinion – complete to advise on these matters.’

Vanessa Chávarry knows the regulations and has a lot of experience in the sector. She offers quality advice, is creative and has a lot of empathy with the client. She also has 24/7 availability.’

Key clients

Vale Exploration Perú

Concar and group companies

T-Solar Group

Hortifrut

Environmental Resources Management (ERM Perú)

ABB Perú

Terminales Portuarios Chancay

Cerámica Lima and related companies

Sigma Alimentos

Work highlights

  • Acted for consultants Environmental Resources Management (ERM Perú)  in advising their clients on the evaluation of applicable permits for the construction of a maritime port and providing legal support for an environmental audit for a mining operation.
  • Advising Terminales Portuarios Chancay on the environmental impact assessment procedure initiated before the Agency of Environmental Certification for the approval of the environmental certification required for the construction of Chancay Port.
  • Advising Hortifrut on the environmental and water regulations and applicable permits required for the operation of new properties and agricultural lands in Peru.

Santiváñez Abogados

Leading energy firm Santiváñez Abogados is rebuilding its environmental practice following the 2020 departure of former head of practice Karim Kahatt and his team. Currently a counsel, September 2020-hire Elmer Durán Chávez now leads the practice; he is a full-time environmental specialist who formerly worked as adviser to various government departments, namely the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation and the Ministry of the Interior. Assisted by associate Cecilia Elizabeth Vegas Carrera, the pair advise the firm's high-calibre energy clients on a variety of environmental issues.

Practice head(s):

Elmer Durán Chávez

Key clients

Anglo American Quellaveco

Compañía Minera La Poderosa

Numay

Agrekko

Eléctrica Yanapampa

Mota Engil Energía Perú

Work highlights

  • Advised Anglo American Quellaveco on the design and development of an environmental contingency analysis regarding the execution of a $5bn project.
  • Assisted Aggreko Peru, a company operating in the electrical machinery rental sector, in obtaining the relevant environmental certifications and permits for the execution of a project.
  • Advised Mota Engil Energía Perú on the determination of the use of an existing environmental study as secondary information for the elaboration of a new environmental management instrument (EMI) to be used in a new hydroelectric generation project, Tarucani Hydroelectric Power Plant.